Piazza Navona is one of the oldest squares in Rome. It's one of the most remarkable and definitely the most recognized baroque square in the eternal city. Piazza Navona was built on the former Stadium of Domitian, a Roman emperor, in the 1st century. The stadium was used back then for all kinds of festivals and games. In the late 15th century it became a piece of public space and the main city market. It retained the original shape of the stadium.
We all know that a vacation in Rome is a dream come true. There are so many sites and places to see in Rome. Piazza Navona is undoubtedly one of them.
Besides its interesting history, the main attraction on the Piazza Navona are the three fountains and the church Sant' Agnese. The fountains were added in the 16th and 17th century and the church is dedicated to the martyr Saint Agnese.
The church is an admirable grand construction and is the work of the famous Italian architect Francesco Borromini. While the church is a respected work of art, the fountains are what takes all the spotlight.
The main fountain is the one at the centre, 'The Fountain Of The Four Rivers'. This masterpiece is a work of the Italian artist Bernini. It consists of four figures that symbolize four great rivers from different continents; the river Nile, Ganges, Danube and the Rio della Plata. The other two fountains on the square are the southern fountain called the Moor Fountain, and the northern one called the Neptune Fountain.
The Neptune fountain consists a statue of Neptune and numerous nymphs. The Moor fountain represents a Moor holding a fish. The statues of tritons were added in the 19th century.
These fountains are truly one of the world's wonders. They evoke a deep sense of admiration and veneration in the people who come here to see them. Other than the monuments already mentioned, this Roman square is just magical. Just spending time at the Piazza and living a life like the locals do is an unforgettable experience. On the Piazza you can see street salesmen who sell many interesting things - things you can only see in Rome, as well as colorful and noisy restaurants, nightclubs, street musicians and artists.
This is a place of contradictions. Early in the morning you are shocked by the open space, which is really monumental. In these real moments of silence, visitors can soak up the elegance of the buildings, of the Saint Agnes church and the fountains. During the day, you can enjoy the mingling of the crowd. This is how the Romans live. Don't be annoyed by the noise, embrace and enjoy it. At night the buildings that surround the fountains transform in night shops and trattorias. You will notice how Piazza Navona exudes the charisma and beauty of Rome. Stop for a cup of coffee and observe the people around you. Relax totally and have lunch at piazza. Absolutely one of the must see places in Rome!